Christmas turned out to be a simple and relatively low key affair in my house. Quite a bit of the day was spent alone (ie just the children and I) with people coming and going. Dinner was a ''bring your leftovers'' affair, with 4 families sharing - and this was possibly the highlight of the day. the kids played and danced to their new CD's. the parents got to enjoy each others company, sitting in fading light on the deck.
I love that we went ""mnmlst"" this year. The food was delicious but simple and I resisted the temptation of having laden plates of calorific snacks out all day long. The company was awesome - people who really mattered were here. The gifts were also thoughtful. I asked the children to pack up everything they had been given and they filled only one paper carry bag each. And all were things I know they will use and love and treasure including books and games (oh and chocolate...).
We've followed this way of doing things for years, but this year it somehow felt more meaningful and purposeful. The season has been about people and experiences. Carol singing, supper with neighbours, light trails. Small but meaningful gifts. Church. Lights. Evening barbeques. A nod to the past and also bedding in some new habits. I have a resolve. Sharing the meaning of christmas in ways that are Yep, meaningful, purposeful - and deliberate. I want this to be our family tradition.